Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy Starts

I’ve never been very good at endings.  Most of the friends I’ve made along the way are still in my life.  I still own all of my old journals, pieces of favorite jewelry, college sweatshirts now ragged with holes.  My drawers hold the remnants of undergarments so threadbare they are see-through even though they were never meant to be. My basement is filled with books I refuse to part with.  If I find myself in the neighborhood of a building I once lived in, I will swerve towards it just to get a glimpse, aching with nostalgia.

I married my first love. 

So I struggled with the decision to leave this blog community.  Like my old sweatshirts, this lovely group has brought me a measure of comfort and confidence that I will forever be grateful for. 

But the signs are clear.  It’s time to move on.

Maybe Shel Silverstein said it best when he wrote:

There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start

And so it goes.  Two “Swaggers,” pack up shop and move to a new home at

While our intention is to create something new, we hope to be regularly visited by and often feature the talents of our friends here at Swagger.

In the end, I will take with me Mr. Silverstein’s wisdom that happy endings are a mostly a fiction, but happy starts are always full of joy.


  1. Wishing you both a very happy start & lots of luck with your new endeavor. May your Muses fill you with confidence & glorious words!

  2. Thank you, dear one!

  3. Happy Trails to you :) hope you have a bunch of fun with your new blog.

    1. Thanks, Jon! We will be sure to keep supporting you too :)

  4. Good luck with the new blog. I'll be a frequent visitor there too.

  5. I look forward to including you! And I am loving the photos on your blog :)